Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-8
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
The Apostle Paul is writing to the Philippians, exhorting them to stand firm, as they faced persecutions. Paul also was encouraging them to rejoice in spite of the circumstances that they faced. I believe that he was teaching them to put their focus upon God at the beginning of each day. Beginning the day with their focus on God would enable them to face whatever came their way.
How often do we start our day with even an acknowledgment of God? If we are honest with ourselves, we probably don’t do it as often as we should. God should be at the center of our thoughts as we start each God given day, but many times it is the TV, the internet, or the newspaper that jumpstarts our day.
If we begin our day with God, we can obtain a “peace” that will help us to navigate the many obstacles that we face throughout our day. Now I am not saying that your day will be without problems, but you will have the “peace” of God to help you get through those moments, as you bring glory and honor to God.
As believers, we bring glory and honor to God by being gentle, showing Christ like concern for others. We bring glory to God by being honest, by doing whatever is right, by being pure. Paul tells us that we must continue to think about those things that are excellent or praiseworthy throughout our day.
There are many things that we encounter throughout our day that are not good and pure, or honest and praiseworthy. As believers, we sometimes fall into the trap that the evil one has set for us and we do things that don’t bring honor and glory to God. Paul tells us that in those moments we must call upon the Lord, who by His peace, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. “And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9b)